Bitteschlappe | Excelsior Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Excelsior Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States
excelsiorbrew.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by morimech on 11-11-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.08
pDev:
23.05%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a better than its ratings brown ale that has a nice rich nutty flavor, is light enough but also really fully malt driven, and one of the not flavored beers i have had from these guys that is quite good. as red as it is brown, and very fluffy on the head, clearish, and lively. aroma of light cocoa, but not as much chocolate malt as i am used to in the style, and hints of hazelnut, almond, and soil. its not quite as dense in flavor as it is aromatically, and almost drinks light for what it is, crystal and caramelized malts, with some brown notes, cocoa powder and dr. pepper, which is odd but i think accurate to describe this one, slightly sweet in the center, but resolved full circle by the time its down. not rich really, but not watered down in feel either, its a real sessionable beer but with a certain satisfying quality i really care for. enough of everything, and simple in a good way. seems a little strange to be so light considering brown ale season and minnesota winters, but this is really working for me right now, nuttier and more english yeasty and flavorful there than most. tasty and well made beer, impressive for a to style brew from a relatively unknown...

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Photo of Dms844
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of darkpreferred
3.69/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nolster
3.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IPA1984
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

This is an OK beer coming from a person who is not a huge brown ale guy more of an IPA fan. Has a good body and color is nice. Can taste the caramel grain that is lasting with poss hint of wheat, and I live next to the brewery so I get to taste all of the beers often.

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Photo of Tone
3.66/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, brown color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, caramel malt, and peanut butter. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, caramel malt, peanut butter, Euro yeast, hint of pale malt, slight hop, and a hint of wheat. Overall, weak appearance, simple aroma, good body, blend, and complexity. An odd beer, the Euro yeast and peanut butter are distinct, and the malt body is unusual.

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Photo of uchty
3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What I like about this Brown Ale is the hops. They aren't overpowering, or dominant but they aren't covered up by the sweeter flavors. Definitely a Vienna Lager flavor there. The aftertaste is caramel and pasty on the tongue. The next taste breaks it apart from the hops. The next beer I want to drink after this a Pilsner. I'm a fan.

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Photo of inbierveritas
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AleMan66
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a nice brown with a thin white head. It's on the bottom rung of brown ales that I've had. It's less malty than I like with some unidentifiable floors. Too bitter!

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Photo of Brent_B
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KarlHungus
2.77/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

(Re-review 4/23/17, original score 2.43)

This beer pours a murky light brown color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into nothing. This is a really unappetizing looking beer. The aroma has some light caramel notes, and nothing else. The taste is similar, but a little fuller. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, this is a bland attempt at a brown ale. I will not drink this beer again.

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Photo of Lupigrant
4.84/5  rDev +57.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Evilyak
3.01/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

this one looks pretty good. nice color, nice presentation - overall, a good looking brown.

after that, it's really run of the mill. i don't follow the label in terms of toffee, caramel, and cocoa.

it does hide the abv well.

overall, just really doesn't bring anything new to the table. i'll drink the 6 and not think more or less of them.

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Photo of NickSMpls
2.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Deep amber with a nice head and light lacing. Notable carbonation in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Very light aroma and what is there is rather nondescript. Flavor has the roasted malts as advertised with a weak finish. Alltogether, there are many better brown ales ou there.

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Photo of Lucular
1.82/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm a fan of brown ales in the fall so I was looking forward to this one (although I would've known better if I'd read the other reviews). Unfortunately, this was my first "Band-Aid" beer. The smell was definitely off and the infected taste was even worse. Couldn't finish the 12-oz bottle.

Update: I bumped the "Overall" up to 2.5 from 1.5. Excelsior was responded positively when I alerted them to the infection issue and even sent me a small care package (no beer though, unfortunately!).

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.77/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patriotblue04
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Two10tim
3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigAl18
3.67/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.62/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of couchsitta
3.77/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kraticus41
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dr_Leafy_Green
2.81/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap from Excelsior tap room. Dark brown color with little head dissolving to a light lace. Nice aroma, malty and slightly nutty. Good toasted malt flavor, but a bit one dimensional. Slightly sweet with clean finish. Very lightly carbonated.

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Photo of DaveMiller
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.49/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Bitteschlappe from Excelsior Brewing Co.
3.08 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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